Top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Players

Top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Players

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Players in the world. However, it does cover some of the top names in the BJJ world, interms of celebrity, competitive record etc. Each Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners has a short paragraph about who they are etc for more info check out their websites linked below each paragraph.

Marcelo Garcia

Marcelo Garcia is a highly decorated Brazilian grappler and jiu-jitsu GI and NO Gi competitor who was widely considered to be one of the best grapplers and arguably the best pound for pound submission grappler in the world. AKA the Goat!!  A black belt under Fabio Gurgel – Team Alliance. For more information check out his website.

Roger Gracie

Roger Gracie Gomes is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who also had a career as a mixed martial artist. He is a member of the founding Gracie family, he is the son of Reila Gracie and Mauricio Motta Gomes. Awarded his black belt by his big cousin Renzo Gracie at the order of Carlos Gracie, Jr. whilst training in New York in 2003.  Roger is a 10x world champion and like Marcelo is considered the GOAT!

Keenan Cornelius

Keenan Kai-James Cornelius is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner originally from Hawaii and is currently based in San Diego, California. Keenan is a creative genius and is credited with creating many of the modern lapel guard game, including the Worm guard. Multiple time world champion.

Marcus Almeida

Marcus Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida, also known as Buchecha is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and black belt under the tactical Rodrigo Cavaca, who gave Almeida his nickname Buchecha, which means big cheeks. Almeida competes for the Checkmat team.

Andre Galvao

Prof. Galvão is a jiu-jitsu multiple-time world champion and head coach of the Atos BJJ team in San Diego, CA. Originally Galvao hailed from Brazil, moving to San Diego, CA to open his academy and further grow the Atos team. His passion for coaching sees him share his love and passion for jiu-jitsu with his students every day. Glavao is and was a dominant ADCC world champion. Aside from being the founder & head coach of the Atos Jiu-Jitsu, he is also a husband, father, missionary, and President of Atos Jiu-Jitsu Association.

Bernardo Faria

Bernardo Rocha de Faria is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and instructor. He is four-time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, European Champion, Pan-American Champion and Brazilian National Champion.Bernardo is fanaticall about BJJ and its teaching and has created one of the best online repositories of BJJ videos at

Gordon Ryan

Gordon Ryan is an American grappler, who primarily competes in no-gi submission wrestling matches. He is a ADCC world champion, IBJJF No-gi world champion and a four-time Eddie Bravo Invitational champion. He is the self proclaimed King of No Gi grappling and trains under John Danaher. The team is called the Danaher Death Squad!

Alexandre Ribeiro

Alexandre Ribeiro is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, mixed martial artist and submission wrestler. He is a two-time World Black Belt Absolute World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, five-time World Black Belt Heavy Weight Champion, and three-time World Black Belt Pro Division Champion.

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